Sigma 4/3 Micro Lens Kit

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Apr 10, 2013

Anyone have experience with the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for Micro Four Thirds Lens Kit From B&H?

The price seems extroadinarily inexpensive ($199 US) for a two lens set.  I have used Sigma products for my Nikon cameras and have had great results.

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In reply to esophoria, Apr 10, 2013

There are numerous posts and threads about those two lenses. They generally get very good reviews. The only caveat is that f2.8 is on the slow side for primes but faster that most zooms. I have the 19mm and like it.

Interesting that they are back in stock at B&H. I may buy the set and sell the 19mm.

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esophoria wrote:

Anyone have experience with the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for Micro Four Thirds Lens Kit From B&H?

The price seems extroadinarily inexpensive ($199 US) for a two lens set.  I have used Sigma products for my Nikon cameras and have had great results.

I have the 30mm and I am quite enthusiastic about it. To me it is comparable with the 14/2.5 which is v. sharp too. I think I will use both as my travel/street kit.

Contrary to old hat opinion here I think that 2.8 is more than adequate for GP use, because of IBIS and the sensitivity of new sensors.

Therefore if you can find them at half the price, it's the deal of the century. The 30 is a v. solid lens, also in terms of true to life colours, lack of flare, and v. limited CA.

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In reply to esophoria, Apr 10, 2013

Grab them both. You will be happy with built quality and optical quality. And do not be anxious about some rattling inside lenses when they are  not powered by camera - this is normal for these lenses.

Just one thing that is not good: manual focus ring is kind of you would not like, so use AF only

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Pretty decent value for a reasonably good lens.

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By all accounts good lenses, great for the price.  From memory of trawling through here though I believe any camera they are mounted on takes much longer to power up.  I think it's 2-3 seconds, versus less than a second for most cameras / lenses.

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How do these differ from the new DN "A" versions that were released?

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I bought the 30mm about 6 months ago, and am quite pleased with it.  It is sharp enough for my requirements, and it nicely fills the gap between my 20mm f/1.7 and my 45-200. The 2.8 is not a problem for me since I use it for street shooting and short DOF is not a requirement.

My only complaint is that I paid $150 for the one lens.  The package of 2 is a real bargain.

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In reply to mfj197, Apr 10, 2013

The OM-D with the 30mm requires about 2 seconds more to power up than the 20mm f/1.7.

I had not been aware of this difference until reading your post.

Not that this is a show stopper....

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FredB wrote:

How do these differ from the new DN "A" versions that were released?

I tried to enquire, but it's probably too soon. Don't let yourself be discouraged by lamers who never tried the lenses. With the old version MF is delightfully damped, startup is negligible, and clicking noise more or less invention.

They are green with envy that having forked for the PL 25/1,4 and its rattlesnaking, you can have a lens as good at 2.8 for 1/5th of the price, with no rattlesnaking. That's the sad and funny truth

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FredB wrote:

How do these differ from the new DN "A" versions that were released?

The difference is mainly cosmetic, and the new 30mm comes with a hood.

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mfj197 wrote:

By all accounts good lenses, great for the price.  From memory of trawling through here though I believe any camera they are mounted on takes much longer to power up.  I think it's 2-3 seconds, versus less than a second for most cameras / lenses.

There's little or no delay on my E-PL2. Maybe one second. It's inconsequential.

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esophoria wrote:

Anyone have experience with the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for Micro Four Thirds Lens Kit From B&H?

The price seems extroadinarily inexpensive ($199 US) for a two lens set.  I have used Sigma products for my Nikon cameras and have had great results.

Yes, it's a great deal, I took it a couple months ago and fortunately was still able to return the copies of the lenses that I had just bought separately. I have no complaints about the lenses.

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I recently purchased the 19mm/f2.8 lens for $124.   I found the lens to be surprisingly sharp, and have gotten some nice indoor shots - the 2.8 works for me!   Even at $124 the lens is an incredible bargain.

Enjoy!  I think you'll be quite pleased with both from what I've read about the 30mm/f2.8 also.

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In reply to esophoria, Apr 10, 2013

Best bang for buck you'll get in the m4/3 world.  If the 38 and 60mm focal length works for you, then this is THE deal to grab.

As long as you are happy with 38 and 60.  If you're not, then this has no value for you.

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sarlo100 wrote:

Best bang for buck you'll get in the m4/3 world.  If the 38 and 60mm focal length works for you, then this is THE deal to grab.

As long as you are happy with 38 and 60.  If you're not, then this has no value for you.

LOL. You just take two steps back and have a 35 and a 50mm respectively

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Yes, great deal.  Haven't had a chance to put mine to too much use yet, but impressed so far. I think anyone on a budget ought to snatch these up while they're available.  I'm not sure how long this deal will continue, they could be just clearing out stock to replace them with the newer version.

Basically, they do their job admirably.  They give you a decent step up in both sharpness and maximum apperture from any of the inexpensive zooms.  And only fall a bit short of the primes from Olympus and Panasonic which cost at least 3x as much.

I also think they look pretty decent:

E-PL2 with Sigma 30mm f2.8

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In reply to esophoria, Apr 10, 2013

esophoria wrote:

Anyone have experience with the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for Micro Four Thirds Lens Kit From B&H?

The price seems extroadinarily inexpensive ($199 US) for a two lens set.  I have used Sigma products for my Nikon cameras and have had great results.

I've never been a big fan of the 30mm focal length, but I recently picked up the 19mm on a whim. It's a great little lens, if you're willing to accept the f/2.8 aperture.

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In reply to Elemental Photography, Apr 10, 2013

Got both lenses when they were running the $199 for the 19 and 30 special. Great lenses. Fast start up. And they both came with great cases and a hood for the 19.

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